Archives 2020 January to March

Kildare Novice Road Championships - The Curragh - 19th January 2020

Sub zero conditions with beautiful bright sunshine for the Kildare Novice Road Championships this morning at the Curragh. Well done to all competitors and congratulations to St Coca's Ladies novice team of Kirsten Monaghan, Alison McCormack, Niamh Cleary and Kate Brennan claiming bronze.

St Coca's U17 Boys take bronze in 2019 National Cross Country

Following a review of the results of the U17 National Cross Country race held in Dunboyne on 15th December last, the St Coca's team of Oisín Farrell, Eoin Richards, Thomas Richards and Tadhg McCauley have now been awarded 3rd place and bronze medals. A tremendous achievement for the lads who showed great resilience on a very tough course on the day. Congratulations to them and their coaches setting a great example for all our upcoming athletes. More pictures and details of the December event in Dunboyne can be found here.

Leinster Cross Country Championships Day 1 (Intermediate & Masters) - Gowran, Co. Kilkenny - 12th January 2020

Well done to all who competed at the Leinsters today in Gowran. A cold but beautiful sunny day. The men's Intermediate team took 7th place overall with top four scoring, Ken Murray 28th, Patrick Conlon 29th, Niall O'Reilly 32nd and Gary Cahill just pipping his brother Henry to 43rd place. Henry Cahill finished 44th, with Ruairí Nolan and Tommy Walsh 47th and 48th.

In the Ladies Masters both Marianne Mulreid and Lynda Gormley were 7th in their categories, and Olivia Bermingham 21st, Fiona King 24th in their category.

Kildare Indoor Championships - AIT Indoor Arena - 5th January 2020

Event report by Carmel Kelly

The club returned to competition early this year with the Kildare Indoor championships taking place on Sunday 5th January in Athlone. Just over 40 St Cocas athletes taking part with medals hard to come by from some very tough competition.

Elaina O’Malley got the show off to a good start with a silver medal in the u13 60mh. Lauren Nolan was 5th in this race. Luke McKeon had a super finish in the u11 500m to win a bronze. Juliet Olivier ran straight from the high jump where she won a bronze medal to the start line of the 600m and had a storming run to win a bronze medal. Caoimhe Flood ran great in the final of the 60m to take joint 3rd and make the podium. Others to run well in the younger age groups were Aoibhin Beggan, Sarah Shelly, Niamh Richards, Paulina Chrachol, Aisling Nolan, Emily Connolly, Leah Davies, Rebecca Treacy and Roisin Beggan. Akin Akintayo was just pipped for bronze in the u13 60m but had earlier won a bronze in the long jump. Cormac Buckley, Adam Byrne, Daithi Killeen, Sean Harrigan, Fionn Killeen, Brian Caffrey and Joseph Richards also performed well.

Sadhbh Buckley won the first gold of the day in the girls u15 800m. Layla Mathias a great silver in girls u14 60m and Tayo Akintayo a bronze at u15 60m. A terrific run by Orla Flynn to win a well deserved gold in the u16 200m and an equally impressive run by Thomas Richards u17 800m to win and Kirsten Monaghan senior woman 800m. Ruby Olivier won two bronze medals in the U16 high jump and 800m. In the senior events Maud O’Shea had a super run in the 400m to win silver and Oisin Farrell 3rd in the 800m. We had one competitor in the walk, Niamh Flynn winning a silver medal. Of the older girls Lauren Graham, Rionnach Lennon and Zofia Terzyk ran well too.

The day ended with the exciting relays and all of the teams ran well with the U16 girls winning Gold and Bronze (the 3rd team was 5th). Orla Flynn, Claire Kelly, Aoife Carroll and Tayo Akintayo on the winning team. Georgia Nolan, Kate Carroll, Nessa Stagg and Aoishe Gormley on the 2nd team and Meadhbh Cullen, Olivia Chrachol, Sadhbh Buckley and Ruby Olivier not far off the medals in 5th. To finish up the boys u16 won silver medals. Conan Lennon, Jim Harrigan, Joseph Richards and Tadgh Killeen on this team.